Mary Gaitskill on Style (2013)

“Style, when it works, takes the reader to a deeper place than can be arrived at thematically. It takes you to an inner understanding of the writer’s mind that isn’t about words.  In art, style is not superficial. Or rather it is, but it’s also a way into the deeper body of the thing in a way that’s hard to talk about, or write about, but which readers feel.  [Bad Behavior] had a sensibility that disturbed some people, but I don’t think it was truly about ‘hardness’. If anything, they may’ve been disturbed by the very softness I refer to, because it may’ve made them feel something.”